8 Specials and Events in Tokai

Christmas Carols at Norval Foundation - 17 & 18 December

Christmas Carols at Norval Foundation - 17 & 18 December

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Ends 18 December 2021
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Christmas Carols at Sunset! 

Join us for a memorable evening in our Amphitheatre to celebrate the festive season, our families and friends. 

Christmas Carols at Norval Foundation - 17 & 18 December

Steenberg Christmas Carols

Steenberg Christmas Carols

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Ends 11 December 2021
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Join us for Christmas Carols on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of December 2021!

Tickets at www.quicket.co.za

Steenberg Christmas Carols

Congress: The Social Body in Three Figurative Painters Exhibition Gallery 9 at Norval Foundation

Congress: The Social Body in Three Figurative Painters Exhibition Gallery 9 at Norval Foundation

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Ends 22 January 2022
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Congress: The Social Body in Three Figurative Painters is a thematic exhibition that places the work of three multigenerational South African painters — Trevor Makhoba (1956–2003), George Pemba  (1912–2001) and Sthembiso Sibisi (1976–2006) — in conversation.

Inheritors of an earlier naturalist tradition of painting, Makhoba, Pemba and Sibisi developed a graphic urban style that tested and strained the bounds of realism in their depiction of familial bonding, spiritual practice, shared pleasure, social upheaval and political action. Despite significant overlap in style, subject and theme, Makhoba, Pemba and Sibisi have not been grouped together before in a dedicated exhibition.

Congress is purposefully an exhibition about artistic lineages, in particular the tradition of urban realism in South African painting, and the centrality of the human figure in this tradition. But, principally, Congress is an exhibition about the everyday situations that Makhoba, Pemba and Sibisi habitually opted to depict: scenes of family and community, congress and mutuality.

Emerging out of two distinct regional localities with their own histories of painting — Pemba from the Eastern Cape, and Makhoba and Sibisi from KwaZulu-Natal — Congress looks at their shared interest in depicting people gathered in verifiable places like trains, taxis, private homes, taverns, churches, beaches, hospitals, urban streets and rural fields, engaging in acts of community, faith and solidarity in the face of social upheaval.

Congress: The Social Body in Three  Figurative Painters is curated by writer, Sean O’Toole.

Congress: The Social Body in Three Figurative Painters Exhibition Gallery 9 at Norval Foundation

The Zanzibari Years - Irma Stern - Exhibition Gallery 1 at The Norval Foundation

The Zanzibari Years - Irma Stern - Exhibition Gallery 1 at The Norval Foundation

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Ends 28 March 2022
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The Zanzibari Years: Irma Stern focuses on a small body of significant works produced by Irma Stern during her two stays in Zanzibar and the period surrounding 1939-1945. This exhibition will be the first time in nearly 40 years that a body of these Zanzibari works, considered among her finest, are exhibited together.

The paintings from her time in Zanzibar consist primarily of portraits of Arab imams and men at prayer or in groups at the mosque but also include portraits of fathers and sons, sheiks, merchants and fishermen as well as a striking series of Zanzibari women from Arabic, Indian, Bohari and Swahili communities. These women have been captured dancing at marriage celebrations, in quietly meditative states or engaging directly with Stern as a painter. A number of sumptuous still lives also date from this period, as well as a handful of paintings of Arabic architecture and private walled gardens.

The body of work is hallmarked by a series of powerful portraits with an immediacy that reflects the mutually focused engagement between Stern and her sitters. Her heavily-laden brush deposits swathes of colour and a tracery of mark that evokes at times the sweep and syncopation of Islamic calligraphy. The calligraphy that she encountered in the carved cartouches of the lintels of Zanzibari doors and the Islamic manuscripts which she collected, affirmed and liberated her mark-making. The boldness of her impasto brushwork results in a tangible embodiment of her sitters and their contexts, such that her decision to frame the works using fragments of Zanzibari doors feels completely in keeping. The distinctive frames, made of lintels, bosses and decorative door edgings, read as windows or architectural framing devices that evoke a spirit of place.

The Zanzibari Years: Irma Stern is curated by Senior Advising Curator, Karel Nel.
 

The Zanzibari Years - Irma Stern - Exhibition Gallery 1 at The Norval Foundation

iiNyanga Zonyaka: Athi-Patra Ruga - Exhibition at Norval Foundation Atrium

iiNyanga Zonyaka: Athi-Patra Ruga - Exhibition at Norval Foundation Atrium

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Ends 22 March 2022
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Athi-Patra Ruga, born in Mthata, Eastern Cape in 1984, uses myth, of his own invention and in public circulation, in order to respond to contested histories as well as the contemporary context. Ruga creates “avatars” and alternate realities as a means to view the traumas of colonial history without the obstruction of personalised grief and subjective defensiveness. He uses these constructed narratives as a lens to process the past, to critique the present, and to propose humanist visions of the future. He lives and works between Cape Town and Hogsback, Eastern Cape.

In the first iteration of Athi-Patra Ruga’s iiNyanga Zonyaka — The Lunar Story Book — his story world takes the form of a window vinyl, permeating the space like the mouth of the universe, opening out of the atrium. Inspired by the stained glass of a church, the translucent film depicts a visual narrative which cross-pollinates through various time zones.

The central figure of Ruga’s story world, Nomalizo Khwezi, draws from the Lovedale Press collection. Established in 1823 in Alice, Eastern Cape, the printing press was founded to promote African literature. The avatar was inspired by Noni Jabavu, born in the Eastern Cape in 1919. She was a journalist and writer, publishing autobiographical books, and was one of the first Black, African women to pursue a successful literary career. The name Khwezi is a reference to the planet Venus, the ‘Morning Star’, named iKhwezi in isiXhosa. It is also a reference to human rights activist Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo under the alias ‘Khwezi’, who pursued charges against Jacob Zuma in 2005, before his presidency, for raping her. Despite the alias, she was victim to backlash and harassment from the public. As a result Khwezi was forced into exile, returning in 2011. The narrative also derives from Ruga’s own lived experience between the Eastern Cape and Cape Town. Nomalizo is mythical and real, she embodies all these intersections of her duality as iqaba (‘the red people’, adherents of traditional Nguni cultures) and negqoboka (Christianised, modernized Africans).

The location of Ruga’s story world is Azania, a reference to Azania as the land of metaphor and ambition, and a sacred revolution. In Hebrew it means God is listening or God listens. It is an alternative name for South Africa, proposed in the time of apartheid by supporters of majority rule for the country. Ruga’s story world interrupts linear historical understanding, blurring mythology and reality by presenting us with counter-narratives and a cosmological recounting of time. Time as a cosmological recounting is etched onto the windows as visible light, invoking propagation and intensity, and absorbed as frequencies and wavelengths, expressed inside the atrium like a hymn in the book of Psalms. The viewing experience is like gazing into the South African rainbow and noticing the fracture, the distortion, the erasure, the violence, the fallacy, and the silences. Between the blue hues, the seas of green, the ochre reds, the sunlit yellows and earth browns, we are made to realise that plants are a sacred symbol. EyeKhala, the month of the Aloes is fierce, war-like, medicinal and beautiful. EyeThupha, the month of budding flowers, is the awakening. EyoMsintsi, the month of the coast coral tree, is royal, medicinal and powerful. The seasonal plants are umlibo (genealogy), tracing Nomalizo’s lineage thus providing us with a doorway to the past and as well as acting as a connection to the present and future. Light travels as a constellation of seasonal transitions and a procession in time. Through the vinyl we enter into myth which transforms reality, thus we are presented with counting time in a way that centres Black, femme and queer narratives.

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iiNyanga Zonyaka: Athi-Patra Ruga - Exhibition at Norval Foundation Atrium

Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani - Exhibition at Norval Foundation

Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani - Exhibition at Norval Foundation

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Ends 10 January 2022
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Galleries 2-8

Jackson Hlungwani (1923 – 2010) was born into a XiTsonga-speaking family that prided itself as being part of a Shangaan warrior lineage. Growing up in rural Limpopo and northern Mpumalanga, he never attended school and, as a child, herded the family goats and sheep. When he was old enough his father taught him to carve, as his father had before him, transferring skills, familiar styles and underlying concepts common to the community.

In the 1940s, he travelled to Johannesburg to find work but returned to Limpopo after being retrenched. Also during this period, Hlungwani was ordained as a lay preacher in the African Zionist Church, which had links to the American-based Ethiopian Missionary Church.

In 1978, Hlungwani experienced a vision while in a deeply suicidal state brought about by longstanding painful lesions on his right leg. In this revelation, Christ and two figures appeared to him and made three promises – that he would be healed, that he would see God and that he would become a preacher. This vision was the defining moment of his life, and of his career as an artist.  Hlungwani became an independent preacher and formed his own church called ‘Yesu Geleiya One Apostle in Sayoni Alt and Omega’ and began creating his New Jerusalem site at Mbhokota in what was then Gazankulu.  Hlungwani embraced an independent African-based Christianity that looked back to early Christian antecedents in Ethiopia. This looking back at Ethiopia had played an important part in revivalist religious movements amongst Black communities in the United States of America, the Caribbean and in South Africa, emerging in the light of widespread resentment against racially segregated forms of European Christianity, even before apartheid was formalised.

Although he had completed some sculptures in the 1960s, Hlungwani’s artistic output and its complexity expanded radically during the 1980s, and so did his profile, both nationally and internationally.

Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani honours this remarkable sculptor’s visual integration of thought systems from the Old and New Testaments with aspects of his Tsonga-Shangaan heritage, as well as his dynamic absorption of widely-sourced global influences. It presents his message of hope and reconciliation at a moment of great challenge.

Alt and Omega: Jackson Hlungwani - Exhibition at Norval Foundation

Summer Picnics in The Sculpture Garden

Summer Picnics in The Sculpture Garden

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Ends 30 April 2022
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Build your own picnic and enjoy a range of delicious food while drinking in art and nature.

Booking in advance is strongly encouraged.

A minimum spend of R150 is required to gain free garden access. Kids under 18 may enter for free.

No outside picnics are permitted to be brought in.

Don’t forget your picnic blanket!

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Summer Picnics in The Sculpture Garden

Two for One Cocktails at Tryn

Two for One Cocktails at Tryn

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Ends 16 December 2021
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Join us for TWO for ONE cocktails Thursday - Saturday from 4pm – 6pm.

Two for One Cocktails at Tryn